WENAR PRODUCTIONS LIMITED ACTORS CONSERVATORY THEATRE

Rating: 4.96 stars   25 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 20 Buckingham Rd Yonkers NY 10701 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

ACT’s adolescent troupe performance of All Shook Up is a joyous ,roust about musical of the misadventures of cris-cross forbidden unbridled love. The cast and ensemble group had the audience gyrating and swooning to the50’s tune of Heart Break Hotel, Jail House Rock, and Hound Dog. The musical direction of George Croom, choreograph work of Jan Paganelli and stage direction of Jen Langford gives us all the thrills of a Broadway show with what seems to be a seasoned group of youth performers. Kudos to Joe Picard as Dennis whose comedic timing is masterfully done, and also to Olivia Paganelli whose rendition of There’s Always Me rocks the house. All voices and performances are in good form, but its Nick Paganelli arousing, robust recreation of an Elvis persona that fuels the audience’s engines. The sold out toe tapping laugh rock -a-Billy musical leaves us to wonder whats next, as we can’t help to want for more, more, more!! ACT is Yonkers’ treasure that never ceases unearthing the precious talents of adolescent theatre.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing my childrens interest in the arts grow.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

n/a

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their dedication in making it enjoyable for whole families of diverse backgrouns.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

excellent people

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

WOW thousands!!!

Ways to make it better...

It should have two weekends of performances.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding for musicians

One thing I'd also say is that...

MORE PLEASE CONTINUE!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

This has been one of the best films i have ever seen and the ators and atresses in 'All Shook Up" are the most incredible singers and dancers in the play.....especially Chad and Natalie.....(my cousin) also Sylvia,Dennis,and Mayor Matilda Hyde.......once again BEST SHOW I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY ENTIRE LIFE.....the people next to me loved it and si did I!!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the show for the first time in my life and feeling the love between nchad and natalie....it was extraudanary

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that the theater is small and i had front row seats....LOL

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind and appealing and nice

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

get better microphones

Ways to make it better...

the sound was better

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with this superb organization for over four decades, participating as musical director, pianist, composer, actor, and audience member.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the high standards of excellence expected and achieved combined with a warm, wholesome family feel. One makes lifelong, revered friendships by working with this organization.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the best!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

afford to find a performance space with an orchestra pit so that the musical director could see and hear the cast clearly and make adjustments if the singing veers in unexpected directions. Currently, the orchestra is behind a screen behind the cast.

Ways to make it better...

recent orchestras that I have conducted as musical director had not been positioned behind the cast and behind a screen, thus necessitating the musical director to "fly blind" with regard to hearing the cast and adjusting to cast script deviations.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

Nevertheless, I do understand and appreciate why the orchestra needs to be positioned behind the cast and behind a screen - namely, the need for more space for audience members with the resultant extra revenue for expenses.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I have had the pleasure to attend on stage plays with actors conservatory theare.My daughter has had the pleasure and opportunity to be part of this great organization for the past 4 years. She loves every minute including rehearsals and has gained a second family. I am amazed how professional these shows are. The talent is amazing.alot of time is put into this and it shows. Im proud to be part of it

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the kindness and friendship that comes along with all the hard work everyone puts in on there own time. besides a great performance.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

As a musical theatre librettist and lyricist, I've had the pleasure of seeing my own shows produced at ACT as well as attending other productions. What impresses me about ACT is not only the quality of their productions, but the overall atmosphere. An audience member feels like part of the family. The camaradarie among staff and crew is palpable. It's a great environment for young performers who blossom under the caring direction.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

watching young performers learn their craft.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very welcoming to newcomers and incredibly dedicated to this organization.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build its own theatre and expand its educational programs for actors of all ages.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I am currently a Board Member, but before being part of the board I was an actor, a volunteer, a stage manager, and an audience member. ACT is my theatre home. I am now part of the directing staff for the Junior Troupe shows which offer children the opportunity to perform on stage without charging them a fee to do so. I enjoy being part of the ACT family no matter what aspect I am involved in. I love meeting the actors, the audience members, the volunteers and all the other people who get involved throughout the season. Our audiences come to our theatre knowing they will see a quality show. I am glad to have become a part of ACT and know I will remain part of the ACT family for years to come.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build their dream theatre! A place of their own.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My son Michael walked into ACTs audition four years ago. Michael had mixed emotions at this point, he was excited and nervous and a little bit on the anxious side. I went with my son into the audition because he was nervous not knowing anyone. As soon as we stepped through the door, they greated us with open arms as newcomers. I knew from this point on I was leaving my son in good hands. As I later saw, I wasnt only leaving my son with caring people, but professionals. Even though this group is a non profit organization as well as a community theater, I have to admit there shows look and sound just like broadway! This theater group has opened many doors from my son. It's given him confidence as well as the correct training. But most importantly, its shown him how to let go and live. Its shown him to have self confidence and responsibility all while having fun. You can tell that the director, cheorographer,producer,and muscial director have such passion and love for what they do as well as teaching to young men and women. Each show gives me goose bumps as I sit there watching the children have fun and light up the stage. Its a true blessing to have found this group and I couldnt be any more elated. My son as well as my family arent just part of a show, we are apart of a family.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

It is the best experience ever.....

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Kind, caring and supportive.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This is the first year my daughter is participating in the Junior Troupe Production at ACT. We had no idea what to expect. The first audition was incredibly encouraging and rewarding. The volunteer staff is second to none. The stage director, the music director,the choreographer, and the producer all make the experience fun; and yet the young performers are taking their responsibilities seriously. My daughter fully intends to audition every year until she graduates high school. I encourage every parent who has a child interested in exploring the arts through singing and dancing to try ACT.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

they want the children to love the experience; and they want that love to shine through in their performance.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

enthusiastic, welcoming, fun loving.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Live theater is something that is invaluable to a community. It's a means for people who otherwise would not get to see live theater (on Broadway)to see quality productions. In the case of ACT, a means to introduce children to the arts - and to learn by letting them get involved! ACT has produced wonderful children's theater productions, in addition to their consistently great quality of adult-based productions. They produce musicals, comedies, and dramas -- all of extraordinarily good quality. They draw fine talent to their stage for all aspects of theater, because they are a well-run organization that appreciates the people who participate, in whatever capacity. It is SO important that wonderful organizations like ACT get the support they need to continue to make the quality of life better in the community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Not only have I experienced the fulfillment of being part of a production that brings laughter and happiness to an audience, my own daughters have also been able to be involved and have grown in confidence and ability, thanks to the opportunities with ACT

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The only thing I could hope for is that more people from the surrounding area would find out about this terrific experience and volunteer to keep it alive in the community.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It's very rewarding to be a part of a team effort, such a a show, and know that your energy went toward the end result.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Everyone from their board of directors to the set people and costumers.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make a whole lot of people extremely happy! The money would be put to the best use possible.

Ways to make it better...

The only thing that would make anyone's experience better would be if the group had additional funds to get the equipment, set construction, and costumes they need more readily.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

To Keep their head above water, financially. It's quite expensive to pay rights and a musical director, and musicians for the musicals. And to get more volunteers.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I really commend the people who have been involved any running the group for the past 40+ years. Without their endless hours of devotion, dedication, talents, and perserverence, the group wouldn't be there. And that would be a terrible thing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

ACT has presented some wonderful shows, including the shows featuring the students. The cast and workers get along great together and support each other. I make it a point to see every show that opens.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

perform act on a bigger stage in a bigger theatre and be able to better their marketing to a bigger audience

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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